Sep 27, 2023
School: Business and Professional Careers
Academic Dept: Professional Careers
Curriculum Chair: Stephen Arienta
Important Note about Program Requirements
The requirements listed below are for students entering into this program in Fall 2017. Students who entered the program during a prior semester will find their specific requirements listed in the Catalog under which they entered. Archived Catalogs are accessible through the dropdown menu above.
Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree Defined
The purpose of the A.A.S. is to be fully trained for immediate employment upon graduation. Students who opt to continue on to pursue higher levels of education are encouraged to check with the receiving institution regarding transferability of credits. Click to learn more about the differences among award types.
The need for a college education in the field of criminal justice has grown dramatically. Agencies engaged in law enforcement, the judicial process, corrections, probation, and parole have recognized the value of a college education for their employees. Individuals completing these programs are prepared to enter many law enforcement agencies at the federal, state, and local levels, as well as private sector insurance and security technology companies.
In addition to courses in the areas of specialization, the two options—Corrections and Police—include extensive course work in the social and behavioral sciences which provides the student with an opportunity to transfer to a four-year baccalaureate degree program upon graduation. Transfer agreements exist between Westchester Community College and four-year colleges in the region.
Full-time students can complete the requirements for the Associate in Applied Science degree in two years. Police and corrections officers attending on a part-time basis may select an appropriate credit load each semester until the degree requirements are completed. Elective courses in either curriculum may be selected from police, corrections, social science, behavioral science, mathematics, science, arts or humanities courses. All students will be guided by faculty and counselors in appropriate course selection and sequences.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, a student will:
- Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to work effectively and efficiently at the entry-level of employment within the corrections field.
- Demonstrate skills that will facilitate independent learning of new and emerging theories and technologies and their application to the criminal justice system with respect to the corrections field.
- Demonstrate a comprehension of current trends, evidence-based practices, and program implementation in the correctional field of criminal justice.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of gender, race, social class, and ethnicity of inmates and current issues in regards in the correctional field of criminal justice.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the three components of the criminal justice system and the process by which they work together.
- Demonstrate the ability to recognize technology and the use of such for correctional purposes.
- Demonstrate an understanding of report writing and showcase writing techniques used in the field of criminal justice and academia.
- Demonstrate appropriate quantitative and qualitative skills which include data organization, analysis, and interpretation for the purpose of analyzing and solving problems in the criminal justice field.
General Education Requirements - 24 Credits
Students are required to fulfill a certain number of credits within the specific categories shown below. Where specific courses are not listed within these categories, courses must be selected from the list of SUNY General Education Courses .
Basic Communication (6 credits)
Social Sciences (6 credits)
American History (3 credits)
Select ONE of the following courses:
Degree Requirements - 39 Credits
Natural Science Electives
Select ONE of the following:
Criminal Justice Electives
Select TWO of the following courses:
Physical Education Courses
Minimum Total Credits - 63
Educational Plan: The Educational Plan is an advisement tool that provides important information to students about how to complete this degree. Click here to Download the Educational Plan .
Career Path Opportunities
Are you wondering what careers you can explore with a degree or certificate? Perhaps you are not sure what people do or how much money they make in certain careers that pique your interest? Would you like to know how many jobs are predicted to be available in a particular industry? Or maybe you are unsure whether receiving a degree or certificate would be right for you? Go to https://sunywcc.emsicareercoach.com to explore career paths, their associated job descriptions, salary trends, and jobs trends. Complete a career assessment for additional guidance. Still not sure? Visit www.sunywcc.edu/career for more career resources and contacts.
Westchester Community College is committed to facilitating a smooth transfer process for its incoming and graduating students. To ensure its graduates enjoy a seamless transfer with junior status to another college in the same discipline at both institutions (transferred from/to) and are able to complete a bachelor’s degree within two years of full-time study upon transfer, Westchester Community College has signed Transfer Articulation Agreements with many colleges that offer bachelor’s degree programs. Visit www.sunywcc.edu/transferarticulation to see a list of Articulation Agreements by institution or search by a specific program of study. Visit www.sunywcc.edu/transfer for additional transfer resources and contacts.
Transfer Scholarship Opportunities
Many colleges and universities are eager to have Westchester Community College graduates transfer to their institutions. Consider this an incentive to complete your WCC degrees with high honors! Go to www.sunywcc.edu/scholarships to view the many transfer scholarship opportunities to four-year colleges.
Are you a prospective Westchester Community College graduate? We look forward to seeing you soon! Apply today, then see the College’s Admissions and Enrollment Checklist.